A few weeks ago, some friends and I went out for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. I’ve always liked to take advantage of the event by going to a restaurant I’ve heard about, but haven’t tried. When my friends suggested The Cookery, I immediately previewed the Restaurant Week menu, and agreed with the choice. There were so many options, and all of them looked fantastic!
I assumed there would be a few items on the menu I could eat, but was surprised by the large number of items that were deemed safe for me. While several offerings were already gluten-free in preparation, my super friendly and knowledgeable server shared that many items on the menu could be modified to be gluten-free, making the majority of the menu available to me. There were so many options; I had to ask for more time to make my decision.
Following the format of Restaurant Week, I selected the items for my three courses: Kale for my appetizer, Pork Osso Bucco for my main course, and Chocolate Polenta for my dessert. The Kale was prepared with beluga lentils, crispy capers, currants, mint, parmigiano, and lemon vinaigrette. This light and flavorful appetizer was the perfect starter for my meal. The first item that caught my attention when I pre-screened the menu was the Pork Osso Bucco. Initially, my server told me this was not gluten-free due to it being cooked in a way that presented the risk of cross-contamination. This was the one item I specifically asked about before asking what I could order from the menu. After ordering something else, my server came back from the kitchen, and let me know that if I was still interested in the Pork Osso Bucco, the chef said it could be cooked using a different cooking method that would not present a risk of cross-contamination. I immediately changed my order, and I am so glad I did. While I’m sure the other main course I had ordered would have been delicious, the pork was amazing! The dish was described as crisp, creamy white poltenta, seasonal mostarda, vincotto. Despite being prepared in a different manner, the meat was cooked to perfection, practically falling off the bone with just a fork. The flavor was incredible, and despite the large portion, I finished my whole plate. I completed my meal with the Chocolate Polenta. On the menu, the dessert was described as coming with graham cracker and toasted marshmallow. Mine was prepared without the graham cracker, making it the perfect gluten-free finish to my meal.
I was beyond impressed with my meal at The Cookery. Not only was the food incredible, the service and the care given to my dietary needs was exceptional. Despite it being a few weeks since eating here, I am still raving about my meal, and can’t wait to return to The Cookery.
The Cookery- 39 Chestnut St., Dobbs Ferry, NY 15022
For more information on the The Cookery, check out their website: https://thecookeryrestaurant.com